Keynote Speaker - Dr. Michael A. Nealon

On August 15, 2016, Dr. Michael A. Nealon was appointed to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Henry Ford College. Dr. Nealon brings nearly 30 years of college-level teaching and administrative experience to the post, having previously taught at Lansing Community College, DePaul University (Chicago, IL), Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and North Park College and Seminary (Chicago, IL). Nealon earned a PhD in Musicology from Northwestern University in 1997. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Michael’s College (Colchester, VT).

Before coming to HFC, Nealon served as Vice President for Instruction at Washtenaw Community College and in various leadership roles at Lansing Community College – including Vice President for Engaged Student Learning, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Humanities & Performing Arts Department, and Lead Faculty of the Music Program. Dr. Nealon has published and shared his scholarship at both national and international conferences, including: The National Leadership Academy, The Higher Learning Commission, The League for Innovation in the Community College, The American Musicological Society, The College Music Society, The Nineteenth Century Association, and The Humanities and Education Research Association. He remains active as a composer, with premieres of original musical works in Chicago, New York, Boston, the Vatican, Rome, Florence, and the north of France. As a college instructor, Michael has taught courses in World Musics, Music History, Music Theory, Art History, and Interdisciplinary Humanities. His work in college administration has centered on providing the environment and resources necessary to promote and support exceptional teaching and learning opportunities, with commitments to student success, goal completion and continuous quality improvement.